Austin-based country, honky tonk, and rockabilly singer-songwriter, recording artist, and filmmaker Jesse Dayton has built a cult following around the globe with his guitar-shredding, country-infused, Americana sound. Raised in Beaumont, Texas, near the childhood home of George Jones, Jesse is known for his work recording with and backing up Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson, and for his collaborations with horror film director Rob Zombie, who has commissioned Dayton on multiple occasions to record music -- much of it tongue-in-cheek -- to accompany his films.
Jesse Dayton starred as Kinky Friedman in Ted Swindley's stage production of "Becoming Kinky: The World According To Kinky Friedman," and released an album, "Jesse Sings Kinky," which had substantial airplay. And he recently wrote and directed a film, Zombex, set in post-Katrina New Orleans and featuring Malcolm McDowell and Jesse's wife, the actress Emily Kaye. Zombex played the Cannes Film Festival and has just been released in theaters and other outlets. Dayton just did David Letterman with John Doe, is working on a new album, and leaves in January for a long tour.
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